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RE: Those clear storage containers... mini greenhouses (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jbest123 on 12.20.2007 at 12:40 am in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

greenhouser, here is what I put thgeather last spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagation Chamber

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clipped on: 12.23.2007 at 02:00 pm    last updated on: 12.23.2007 at 02:00 pm

RE: water containers (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: stressbaby on 10.25.2007 at 08:07 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

I have a rainwater collection system using the Rubbermaid Brute series. Here are the photographs.

First, I installed gutters on both sides.
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Then I put three of the containers inside and connected them with 1/2" OD tubing. I put a shutoff on each container and a shutoff on the whole system.
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Rainwater is diverted through the wall into the two containers on the ends. I used 2" PVC and then a flexible 2" pipe finish the run. This way I can remove it in winter if I don't want icy cold water going into my barrels.
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I installed two float valves in one of the barrels. I put an overflow on one as well, but it is not large enough and I will need to add another overflow pipe. Here are float valves from the inside.
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Here is the tubing and a filter I put on the line to remove debris
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Here is the pump and the bladder tank. The pump charges the tank to about 60 psi which provides much better mist than my old system.
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This is the RO system, rated at 180 gpd. In the summer when it is dry, the main source of water is RO. The float valves operate a solenoid valve and a pressure booster pump.
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I hope this helps or inspires someone.

SB

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clipped on: 12.23.2007 at 01:56 pm    last updated on: 12.23.2007 at 01:57 pm

Some Greenhouse Photos

posted by: wyndyacre on 10.31.2007 at 10:42 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

We built my 10x16 greenhouse 5 years ago. After taking a propagation course at the local college and being able to use their GH for several months, I decided I couldn't live without one. :)

We used salvaged windows for the glass, salvaged doors, an old deck for 1/2 the floor and the other half is discounted paving stone. The walls that aren't glass are insulated and the north side of the roof is insulated and asphalt shingles. Several back and side windows open, I tie the doors open and there is an automatic venting window in the roof near the ridgeline.

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I have electricity, a telephone and fill a 50 g. barrel from a hose for water. I recently added a 3 tiered light stand, I found used and will use my heat mats on it this winter. We built benches from folding table legs and 1x1 deck ballisters spaced out on a wood frame. My potting table is a recycled kitchen counter with new paint and hardware. We built a sliding bin under the sink to store ProMix.

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A pool cover goes over it for winter and it's heated to 45-50* at night and attains 80-85* during a sunny day. It's heated with a oil filled electric space heater. In the summer, I lower bamboo shades on the south front windows.

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I built it so I could grow perennials from seeds and divisions and start shrubs from cuttings to increase my acre garden (which I do) but it has become a source of income in that I started having a huge plant sale yearly. Starting in Feb. for seeds and March for divisions, I start churning out perennials thru the GH, then coldframe and onto a outdoor holding area until the plant sale. I sold 2,000+ plants in about 6 hours this year!

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clipped on: 12.22.2007 at 10:56 pm    last updated on: 12.22.2007 at 10:56 pm

Those clear storage containers... mini greenhouses

posted by: greenhouser on 12.19.2007 at 07:30 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

Has anyone tried those clear plastic containers with lids from Wally World to start cuttings? They work GREAT! Set the potted cuttings on the top piece and place the clear container upsidedown over them. As soon as the cuttings are rooted start removing the usd top by hiking up one end. I have some nice geranium and impatiens cutting thriving. These containers come in all sizes.

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Scroll down for John's pics! Try in my greenhouse this year.
clipped on: 12.22.2007 at 09:18 pm    last updated on: 12.22.2007 at 09:20 pm